London: printed for J. Wren, opposite New Exchange Buildings in the Strand; S. Crowder, H. Woodgate, J. Fuller, and J. Warcus, 1768. Early Reprint. Quarter-Calf. Fourth Edition of one of the "best of the English imitations of Robinson [Crusoe]." (Gove) 12mo: xii,263,pp (wanting one quire; pp 83-86 provided in excellent facsimile on old paper), with hand-colored frontispiece and map. The final page is signed "Ed Dorrington," an invention of the publisher. Later quarter calf over marbled paper-covered boards, marbled end papers. Near Fine or better, light finger-soiling and occasional small stain to text, manuscripts ex-libris to end papers and title page, otherwise excellent. Negley 1462. Gove, The Imaginary Voyage, pp.262-68. Cox II, p.479 (citing Dorrington as author). Near Fine+. Item #BB1514
¶ Charming hand-colored edition of this popular tale relating a fictitious British hermit's escape from apprenticeship and subsequent life on a deserted island off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The book remained anonymous until Arundell Esdaile discovered a rare edition of 1727 in which the dedication is signed Peter Longueville, to whom the work is now attributed. Gove cites a number of literary allusions, attesting to the tale's popularity. Among these are George Crabbe, ranking it with the Bible and Pilgrim's Progress for a place in rural homes, and Dickens, in Martin Chuzzlewit, in which John Westlock complains that his chambers are "nothing but . . . the sort of impromptu arrangement that might have suggested themselves to Philip Quarll or Robinson Crusoe." See also Gove, quoting Bonner, that the author "transferred many passages unblushingly from Dampier [A New Voyage Round the World]." Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.